Apple provides developers with new iOS 8.3 beta, adds fixes for CarPlay functionality

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The second beta of iOS 8.3 was released to developers on Monday, fixing a bug found in previous versions that could cause issues when connecting to a CarPlay-enabled vehicle infotainment unit.

iOS 8.3 beta 2 is identified as build 12F5037c. It also comes with Xcode build 6D532l and Swift 1.2. As with previous beta releases, it is only intended for developers on test hardware.

Beta 2 fixes an issue that would present testers with a non-functional dialog when connecting an iPhone to a CarPlay-compatible car.

Because it is pre-release beta software, issues remain. Apple has advised developers that iOS 8.3 beta 2 has an issue with WatchKit, in which some animations in applications may play back as fast as possible, regardless of how fast they are supposed to play.

iOS 8.3 beta 2 also has an issue with LTE Voice for devices connected to the Verizon Wireless network. Developers on Verizon are advised to set LTE to data only for this seed.

The first beta of iOS 8.3 was provided to developers earlier this month, and introduced support for wireless CarPlay connectivity. Apple also included a revised emoji keyboard that allows users to scroll and browse more easily.

iOS 8.3 is unique because Apple has not yet released iOS 8.2 to the public. That update also remains in beta testing, with the most recent release having arrived in early February.